Day: December 5, 2016

The Snow Report on KHNS

The Snow Report is back! Starting Thursday, December 8th, the Snow Report airs twice a month on Thursday mornings at 8:45am, alternating Thursdays with the Garden Conversation until early Spring. A seasonal collaboration between the Haines Avalanche Information Center and KHNS, the Snow Report offers avalanche and snow pack information for the Upper Lynn Canal, and promotes basic safety and snow science for winter trip planning. Local snow men Jeffrey Moskowitz and Erik Stevens will be on the air biweekly with the latest stats affecting our areas, plus information from around the world, fun facts and more. Get the...

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KHNS News – Dec. 5, 2016 Retired judge steps in as Haines magistrate for 6 months; Temperatures drop in Southeast Alaska; Haines drivers will feel effect of DOT budget cuts for another...

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Temperatures drop in Southeast Alaska

After a mild start to December, it’s gotten bitter cold in Haines and Skagway, with temperatures dropping into the teens and single digits. With temperatures far below freezing, snowfall from the weekend is not likely to go anywhere soon. Meteorologist David Levin at the National Weather Service in Juneau says the chilly weather is going to stick around. “Right now we’re expecting it to last through the end of the week and probably into the weekend, next weekend as well,” says Levin. Levin says the arctic air is coming from the north, and affecting much of Southeast Alaska. “Usually...

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Haines drivers will feel the effects of DOT budget cuts for another winter

This weekend’s winter weather raised questions about what level of road maintenance residents can expect this season. Plows cleared away slushy snow Saturday morning. But icy conditions persisted because state workers wanted to avoid using too much overtime. Budget cuts to the Alaska Department of Transportation will affect drivers for another winter. In Haines, DOT staff works Monday through Friday. So when winter weather hits over the weekend, or on a Friday evening, they need to work overtime to get the roads cleared right away. But it’s not that easy on a limited budget. Here’s DOT Spokesman Jeremy...

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Retired judge steps into Haines magistrate role for 6 months

For the past three months, a magistrate judge based in Yakutat has covered Haines arraignments and other court proceedings. But this week, that changes. A retired district court judge and Haines resident volunteered to preside over the local court on a part-time basis. The situation is temporary as the Alaska Court System prepares for another round of budget cuts. This was Linn Asper’s reaction when he found out that the Haines court was being staffed by a magistrate who doesn’t live here: “I don’t think it’s fair to the community, a town this big, not to have a...

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